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Written by Raewyn Peart, The New Zealand Herald / EDS   
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Raewyn Peart

As many of us head home from summer holidays at the beach, it is timely to reflect on the state of the nation's coasts. It is not always a pretty sight.

Every year more houses sprawl along our coastline, occupying beachfronts and extending on to visually sensitive headlands and ridgelines. Buildings are inexorably intruding on all of our wild coastal places.

A good example of this trend can be found on the coast connecting Auckland and Whangarei. This area contains some of New Zealand's most stunning coastline, including numerous sandy beaches, rocky headlands, sandspits, estuaries and coastal islands.

Some beaches along this coastline were developed during the postwar boom years, as growing numbers of mobile Aucklanders established family baches. These modest structures were generally located in discrete beach settlements surrounded by long stretches of coastal farmland.

...on the already heavily developed Tutukaka coast, there is a proposal to subdivide the Ngunguru spit to provide for 350 houses.

The current coastal development boom is now threatening to eat up the remaining rural coastal areas, connecting the existing settlements together into one long urban sprawl from Auckland to Whangarei and beyond.

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